#BinariesBeGone by Xandri Selwyn

Saturday 27th April 2019, 3.30 – 3.55pm

Aphra Theatre

It’s 2068 at the 50th anniversary exhibition of the #binariesbegone movement. Join Sylvie as she/they bring us into the historical gendered world of 2018 where girls will be girls and boys will be boys and where diversity is not yet an outlawed term. What an archaic world that was. We’re now thankful that the revolution really did equalise our everyday relations and difference is no more.

Key Themes

The key theme is about Binaries – meaning peoples gender. #BinariesbeGone is in the future, and it goes back in time to show you how gender has developed. In the past you were only allowed to be masculine and feminine, it was against the law to talk about any other gender – this is make believe but it is trying to proof a point about how anyone should be able to be any gender you want.

Negative Triggers

Total Black out (audience): None

What is the audience lighting level? This can be at 50%

Flashing Lights or strobe: None

Loud sounds/noises (inc. music): Music and a buzzer sound

Repetitive noises: None

Drums: None

High-pitched tones: None

Unexpected sounds (eg. Crash): None

Is there background sound/music: Music not all the way through

Interactivity and Participation

The audience are asked to play a game, the performer will ask the audience if certain objects she holds up are masculine or feminine, the audience are inviting to choose if they are masculine or feminine, and the performer will put the object in the bucket the audience member has chosen.

Audience invited on stage: No

Artist goes into the audience: Yes, the performer walks about a little bit and is very flirty with the audience.

Workshop/manual activity: None

Are participants required to:

Walk around: No

Undertake directed movement: No

Read: Yes, there is a questionnaire the audience are asked to complete before the show, pens will be provided. The audience do not have to complete the form if they do not want to.

Draw: No

Construct things: No

Paint: No

Sing: No

Participate in pairs or groups with others: No

Other Details

If participants are expected to use materials (eg: markers, pencils, scissors) what are these materials: Pens, and to write on paper.

If the activity is targeted towards this demographic, is it okay for a parent or carer to support children in participation: Yes

If a child is slower in their movements than other children, is there a capacity for that child to have a turn to participate: Yes

Please include any other notes you feel will be helpful:

The performer’s character is very provocative towards the audience.  They do bend over and show their pants.

Attention Span Information

Show duration: 20 Minutes

Is there an intermission: No

Do the audience need to sit in one place during the show: Yes, but they can come in and out of the space, and if they need to move, they are welcome to.

Is it okay for audience members to make a noise/move around during the show (ie: a relaxed performance): Yes

Is there an introduction and if so how long is it: There can be an introduction about triggers and a brief description about the show, this would be 3 minutes.

Senses, Emotions and Effects

Does your show have any distinctive smells: No

Does your show have any other special effects (eg: smoke machine, bubbles etc): None

Does your show involve exploring any textures, and if so please specify: None

Are balloons used in your show: None

Do any of the characters in your show express anger: No

To what extent is your show dialogue driven: It’s in the style of a presentation, so the performer is talking, but in an accessible way.

Are there any props in the performance that you think potential audience members should know about that have not already been mentioned:

Yes, there is a tampon in the show that has fake blood on.